Actual start date: June 26, 2020

You are watching a live stream of Fort Madison, Iowa, USA, for people who enjoy watching trains. You are welcome to join our family friendly chat. Please check out the rules below.

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Fort Madison is on the BNSF Chicago Division/Marceline & Chillicothe Subdvisions. UP also has trackage rights. The only Amtrak that passes through is the Southwest Chief. The Fort Madison Toll Bridge to the east of camera is a swinging truss bridge over the Mississippi River that connects Fort Madison, Iowa, and Niota, Illinois. Rail traffic occupies the lower deck of the bridge, while two lanes of road traffic occupy the upper deck. FRA documents an average of 65 trains per day.

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